NGO Jobs in Kenya – IPA

Rural Lighting Project
Position: Research Associate
Deadline to Apply:1st March 2015
Start Date: 13th April 2015
Location: Busia / Siaya

Eligibility: This position is open to all applicants

About Innovations for Poverty Action:
 Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA) is a non-profit research organization that creates and evaluates approaches to solving development problems. IPA disseminates the results of its evaluations to policymakers, practitioners, investors and donors around the world.
IPA seeks qualified applicants for the position of Research Associate for the “Rural Lighting Project”, which is a Randomized Control Trial looking at the take-up, use and impact of solar lighting on rural households in Western Kenya. 

We are looking for an enthusiastic Research Associate to manage data collection, quality assurance and initial analysis. The position offers an opportunity to gain first-hand field management experience in an organization at the cutting edge of development research.
Position Summary: The Research Associate will oversee all aspects of field work in Kenya, under the supervision of a Research Manager, and in close consultation with the Principal Investigators based at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Zurich, Switzerland.

  • Manage multiple data collection activities simultaneously;
  • Develop and pilot survey instruments;
  • Help design forms for electronic data collection (using ODK) and manage survey data;
  • Train and manage field team to conduct surveys together with the field manager;
  • Ensure all aspects of data quality and assist with data cleaning and preliminary analysis;
  • Manage logistics of all project activities;
  • Manage project budget, including tracking project expenses and adherence to the project budget;
  • Work closely with the Principal Investigators and the local partner organization to ensure study protocols are followed;
  • Other duties as assigned.
  • A Bachelor’s degree (Master’s preferred) in economics, statistics, social science, or related field.
  • Excellent management and organizational skills along with strong quantitative skills.
  • Solid knowledge of STATA is a strong plus.
  • Familiarity with database management and randomized control trials is a strong plus.
  • Experience screening, training, and managing staff a strong plus.
  • Outstanding interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills. Fluency in English required.
  • Flexible, self-motivating, able to manage multiple tasks efficiently, and a team player.
  • Be detail oriented and able to work independently.
  • Experience living and working in a developing country required.
To Apply: Please send a cover letter and detailed CV including daytime phone number, email address, and 3 professional references. Your CV should include your scores or grades and other measures of academic achievement, and details about any relevant work experience.

Applications must be submitted by email to, please ensure that the subject line reads: “RESEARCH ASSOCIATE: REF NO: RURAL LIGHTING-2015-02-01. 

Position: Senior Research Associate - Parasitology
Deadline to Apply:28th February 2015
Start Date: Flexible, June 2015 at the latest
Location: Western Kenya
Eligibility: This position is open to all applicants
About Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA): Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA) is a non-profit organization dedicated to discovering and promoting effective solutions to global poverty problems. 

In close partnership with decision makers - the policymakers, practitioners, investors, and donors working with the poor around the world - we design and evaluate potential solutions to poverty problems using randomized evaluations, the most rigorous evaluation method available. 

We also mobilize and support these decision makers to use these solutions to build better programs and policies at scale.

Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA) seeks a qualified applicant for the position of Parasitology and Environmental Sampling Coordinator for the Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene (WASH) Benefits Project. 

Currently in the midst of a five-year study, WASH Benefits is collecting rigorous evidence on the health impacts of improved water, sanitation and hygiene practices, alongside improved nutrition in rural Kenya. 

Low-cost technologies and behavior change communications strategies are being implemented to promote drinking water treatment, good sanitation practices, handwashing with soap and improved nutrition. 

One of the objectives of the WASH Benefits project is to assess the impact of these interventions on child parasite infections. A second objective is to evaluate how improved water, sanitation, and hygiene affects child exposure to fecal contamination in the household environment. 

This position is located in Kakamega, Kenya. 

This position is supervised by the Research Manager with guidance from the project Principal Investigators (PIs) Dr. Clair Null (Innovations for Poverty Action), Dr. Amy Pickering (Stanford University), and Dr. Audrie Lin (UC Berkeley). 

The Coordinator will also work closely with collaborators at the Kenya Medical Research Institute (KEMRI).

The Senior Research Associate-Parasitology, under the general supervision of the Research Manager and within the limits of Innovations for Poverty Action-Kenya policies and procedures coordinates the facilitation of Water, Sanitation & Hygiene (WASH) Benefits activities and functions within IPAK. 

Below is a list of some of the general duties and responsibilities of the Senior Research Associate, to be carried out as needed according to the determination of the Research Manager in close coordination with the Implementation Manager and Project Director.

The successful candidate will work closely with senior project management and staff to perform a variety of tasks including, but not limited to:
  • Develop and supervise implementation of sample collection and processing systems described below to ensure of the highest quality data, including; development/modification of lab standard operating procedures (SOP), process documentation, tracking systems, and monitoring of staff performance
  • Keep senior management (managers, directors and PIs) appraised of all key developments related to parasitology and environmental sampling and analysis activities, including provision of written reports
  • Supervise laboratory technicians and field staff involved in parasitology and environmental sampling activities, including holding regular meetings and coordinating trainings
  • Oversee sample collection, processing, and microbial analysis of samples from drinking water sources, household stored water, child hands, and child toys for quantitative enumeration of fecal indicator bacteria using membrane filtration.
  • Oversee sample collection, processing, aliquoting, and sample flow of child stool and blood samples to measure biomarkers of parasite infections among young children (e.g. microscopy of stool for soil-transmitted helminth infections, aliquoting of stool)
  • Liaise with collaborators at the Kenya Medical Research Institute in analyzing project stool samples by ELISA and qPCR to detect soil transmitted helminth infections and protozoan infections, and analysis of blood spots by Luminex for other enteric pathogen infections.
  • Coordinate and oversee logistical planning for sample collection, processing, flow, and data entry by tracking enrollment, specimen collection, and follow-up targets; working with supervisors to determine when corrective action is needed in order to ensure that activities are consistent with approved SOPs and project objectives
  • Lead the design and participate in the coding of survey instruments to be used during field sample collection
  • Assist with data management, data cleaning, and analysis of all lab and field sample collection data
  • Provide projections, and basic oversight of financial accounting related to lab activities.
  • Participate HR oversight process and provide recommendations to senior management on all aspects of HR for parasite and environmental sampling components of the study
  • Overall responsibility for inventory and procurement coordination for all lab and field parasite and environmental sample collection activities
  • Closely coordinate with Data Management, Data Collection, Logistics and Procurement personnel
Desired Qualifications and Experience:
  • Bachelor's or Master’s Degree in a relevant field such as parasitology, biology, environmental health, public Health, or other related field
  • Laboratory experience, preferably in the context of a field lab in a low-income country
  • Experience with culture based bacterial assays a plus
  • Experience processing blood and stool samples a plus
  • Experience with soil transmitted helminthes or Kato Katz analysis a plus
  • Experience with qPCR and/or running ELISA assays a plus
  • Experience with Open Data Kit, Survey CTO, CS Pro and STATA a plus
  • Experience shipping and tracking samples
  • Excellent management and organizational skills along with strong quantitative skills
  • Excellent management, organizational, critical thinking and interpersonal skills
  • Flexible, self-motivating, able to manage multiple tasks efficiently, and team player
  • Strong written and oral communication skills and complete fluency in English is required. Kiswahili proficiency is preferred.
  • Experience working in a low-income country (particularly sub-Saharan Africa)
  • Familiarity with randomized controlled trials
We are looking for a commitment period of 1 year for this position with the possibility to extend.
To Apply: Please send a cover letter and detailed CV including daytime phone number, email address, and 3 professional references. 

Your CV should include your scores or grades and other measures of academic achievement, and details about any relevant work experience.

Applications must be submitted by email to, please ensure that the subject line reads: “SENIOR RESEARCH ASSOCIATE-PARASITOLOGY REF NO: REF NO: WASH B-2015-02-03. 

Shortlisted candidates will be contacted by email for an interview. 

Applicants are encouraged to apply early, as applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

 The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of the work being performed by the Senior Research Associate _ Parasitology. The statements are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all possible duties, tasks, and responsibilities. Management reserves the right to amend and change responsibilities to meet organizational needs as necessary. Please note that IPA will never request any form of payment from an applicant. Applicants are encouraged to confirm the information listed above with IPA prior to releasing any extensive personal information to the organization. Please direct questions to